The early delivery hints were spot on. Tesla's vice president of worldwide sales and ownership experience, George Blankenship, has declared June 22 – just one month away – as the day when the first Model S will be delivered. He wrote on the official Tesla blog today that, "We are ahead of schedule and can't wait to put our first Reservation Holders behind the wheel!" We're sure the buyers feel the same way.

Perhaps most exciting, the Model S will now feature adjustable regenerative brakes, which is something we certainly like to see in our EVs. For highway driving, having the brakes grab hold each time we take our foot off the accelerator is annoying, so we look forward to seeing just how much "coasting" the Model S will allow. Blankenship writes that, "Having less Regen means you will likely get less range, but some people still prefer the feel of their car with less Regen." We can't wait until some inspired hypermiler decides to test this for him- or herself. The resistance in the steering wheel and the car's suspension can also be adjusted.

As we learned during the Detroit Auto Show, Tesla's Fremont factory (the former NUMMI plant) has been quite busy preparing to make the Model S. The picture above shows plant employees with the first customer Model S body. 2012 production of the Model S is sold out, but Tesla is still out there trying to drum up sales with Model S promotional tours stops on the west and east coasts of the U.S. as well as a five-city tour of Canada.

Befitting a 21st Century automaker, Tesla says it will webcast the first Model S delivery on its website. Leading up to June 22, Tesla will also post a weekly video about Model S production. So, there's more to come.

*UPDATE: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has Tweeted the following: "Major Tesla milestone: All crash testing is complete for 5* (max) safety rating. Cars can now be built for sale to public!"
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Tesla Motors to Begin Customer Deliveries of Model S on June 22nd
World's First Premium Electric Sedan Ahead of Schedule


PALO ALTO, CA, May 22, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Tesla Motors TSLA +6.01% will begin delivering Model S, the world's first premium electric sedan, to customers on June 22nd, 2012. Several customers will receive their cars that day at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. In its Q1 financial results communicated earlier this month, Tesla announced Model S would begin deliveries ahead of the July timeframe originally communicated.

"In 2006 our plan was to build an electric sports car followed by an affordable electric sedan, and reduce our dependence on oil," said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO and Chief Product Architect. "Delivering Model S is a key part of that plan and represents Tesla's transition to a mass-production automaker and the most compelling car company of the 21st century."

Model S is the first premium sedan designed from the ground up to take full advantage of electric vehicle architecture. A revolutionary powertrain sits under the floorboard of Model S, creating an ultra-low center of gravity. Paired with an aluminum body engineered for superior handling, Tesla has created a vehicle that will raise the bar for vehicle handling and efficiency while meeting the highest standards for safety.

Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan and includes a second trunk under the hood. Model S seats five adults and two children in optional rear facing seats and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds. The interior features a 17" in-dash touchscreen with internet capabilities, allowing for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation. With the most energy-dense battery pack in the industry and best-in-class aerodynamics, Model S has the longest range of any electric car in the world. Model S comes with three battery pack options to fit the unique needs of different drivers.

Tesla will be publishing regular updates about the event on June 22nd, as described in this company blog post. Model S test-drive events will begin rolling out to select North American cities in July. Tesla will be ramping up production throughout 2012 and plans to deliver 5,000 vehicles by year end. Reservations for the premium electric sedan currently exceed 10,000. Customers can reserve a Model S at one of Tesla's retail stores or online.

About Tesla

Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility. Palo Alto, California based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler. Tesla has delivered more than 2,250 Roadsters to customers worldwide. Model S, the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, begins deliveries in June 2012.

Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the initial delivery date of Model S, Model S safety, Model S test drives and Model S production in 2012, are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those projected. Various important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including the risks and uncertainties identified under the sections captioned "Risk Factors" and "MD&A" in Tesla's Form 10-Q filed on May 10, 2012. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements.


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      Timo
      • 2 Years Ago
      AFAIK onboard chargers are single-phase chargers (though there was a non-verified rumor that Europe models will get three-phase charging). Motor produces three-phase power so those charges can't be used for that, it is just PEM working in opposite direction and it could in theory put out 300kW of power which would be enough braking power to eliminate need of friction brakes completely (if there were enough traction, RWD still needs to brake with front wheels in fast deceleration and emergency situations).
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Voted down for providing info about regen and brake lights?
      jkirkebo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, I have a Leaf and the regen on the brake pedal is the one thing I like the least about the car. I always drive in eco to get as much regen on the gas pedal as possible, but when that is frequently not enough I have to feather the brake to get maximum regen. It is REALLY hard to get maximum regen with no mechanical braking. So I'd much prefer the Leaf had all it's 30kW of regen power on the accelerator and none on the brake pedal. Then it would be easy to get max regen with no mechanical braking. Another issue is that the cruise control won't apply more regen than you get by letting of the accelerator pedal. Thus, in a steep downhill, the cruise control can't keep the speed down to the set level and I have to use the brake pedal to increase the regen. This of course disables the cruise control... Thankfully Tesla is not puttig any regen on the brake pedal.
      JP
      • 2 Years Ago
      2WM doesn't seem to understand how A pedal regen works I guess since he's never really experienced it. It's quite easy to coast with it by holding a neutral pedal position and quite easy to modulate the strength of the regen. A pedal regen does not make an EV feel like an ICE, it makes it feel better and allows single pedal driving much of the time. Most people who have experienced an EV with strong A pedal regen prefer it.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here is an example of a 50 kg per day steam methane reformer appliance that can be easily delivered to a fueling station and put into operation within a few days: http://www.nuvera.com/pdf/PowerTap_Hydrogen_Generator.pdf
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rated Hydrogen Production 50 kg/day Natural Gas Consumption 7.5 MBTU/day 222 Nm3/day Water Consumption 2400 l/day Electrical Consumption 9 kW average That's seems like a lot of resources and energy used to make 50kg of Hydrogen. And is it in a compressed state that can be used in an FCEV?
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      "At $10 a gallon, people would flock to electric cars. Where would you fill up your hydrogen powered electric car exactly?" Your comment answers its own question - Steam reformers and hydrolyzers can be built at least as quickly as electric cars. 70,000,000 buyers a year cannot "flock" to nonexistent electric cars any more than they can flock to nonexistent infrastructure.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, when I've got the regen braking turned to 11...would the brake lamps illuminate?
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        No, but it will blow your mind, man! Sorry, Spinal Tap reference. Actually you make an important point. Should there be a point where the brake lights illuminate when using regen?
        edsotic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        Yes. Brake lights illuminate based on rate of deceleration, not just brake pedal actuation.
        Matt Brown
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        Brake lights are activated by measured deceleration, and not just the brake pedal switch.
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      On Regen and brake lights. Mini-E which has strong regen already has this: http://green.autoblog.com/2008/11/26/mini-e-regenerative-brakes-will-turn-on-brake-lights-without-hit/ " brake lights come on when the deceleration tops about 0.15-0.2 g "
        JP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        I'm pretty sure the Tesla Roadster already does the same thing.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        Sounds smart to me. Hopefully Tesla follows suit...
      Andy Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone should deliver a test drive car to Jalopnik, with a note "Here's your crack pipe you ordered, KIss my ass, best regards Tesla"
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good job Tesla. Elon Musk is doing really well today. As for Regen, I think there are a lot of variables and real world data that needs to be looked at. For trips around my town you can regen to slow down at stop-lights. I think they (Tesla/EV hypermilers) need to make a training video about how to get the best performance out of either method of extreme coasting or regen.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      "No, they really can't. Those require planning, zoning, environmental approval, building, etc. And besides . . . those are not the issue as much as a lack of distribution infrastructure and retail outlets. " Nonsense. You need permits to build lithium plants and battery plants and car plants too. Prefab SMR and hydrolyzer appliances can be prepackaged and delivered to a refueling site with almost no construction.
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